Episode 062

Paul Dare

Podcast Length: 63 mins | Date Published: 3rd November 2020

The Key to Maintaining Your Passion After 30+ Years Behind The Chair.

My guest today is Paul Dare, hairstylist, salon owner, an amazing educator and inventor of the ‘Chisel’ …more about that in a minute…  

Paul is a friend of mine that I have known for a long time and not only is he a great haircutter, but he has an immense amount of experience in the industry so it’s great to have this opportunity to share his wisdom and insights and down to earth approach. 

In today’s podcast we discuss:

  • The key to staying motivated during a long career.
  • Why it’s important to continually reinvent yourself.
  • What it takes to build a strong salon culture…
  • Closing his salon every alternate Saturday… And
  • The Chisel …

And lots more!

In This Episode:

[02:14] Welcome to the show, Paul!

[02:58] Paul shares his backstory and his journey to where he is today.

[05:49] Paul speaks about cutting hair with a wood chisel.

[09:27] Listen, as Paul discusses why he still enjoys being behind a chair after over 30 years in the business.

[12:16] Paul talks about the importance of a good consultation.

[14:07] What keeps you motivated after all these years in the industry?

[18:24] Paul discusses what is different today in the hair industry than when he started, what is better and worse.

[22:24] When Paul teaches a class, he takes them on a journey, and in the end, he wants them to analyze themselves and see where they are lacking.

[26:24] Paul speaks about having training one day a week to make his staff strong.

[29:07] It’s a salon owner’s responsibility to have training available for their staff.

[32:01] Listen, as Paul describes the difference in hair texture when using a chisel instead of a razor.

[35:01] Paul speaks about clients returning and saying they loved the way their hair felt after being cut in this manner.

[37:52] Paul believes that it’s better to give young hairdressers the chisel when they start so they can see what happens.

[39:46] Even if they make a mess of it, they can be taught how to correct it, which is invaluable.

[43:36] What do you wish you would have known before you opened your first salon?

[47:10] Paul discusses the key things you need to create a good team culture.

[51:46] What do your young GenZ hairdressers want in a salon versus what you wanted when you started?

[54:09] Do you feel like young people today are motivated to work as hard as they did in your generation?

[55:10] Paul shares how he reacts when someone on his team leaves.

[57:00] Paul speaks about how flexible he is with his team’s days and hours of work.

[1:00:54] Paul shares some final thoughts with the listeners.

[1:02:13] Thank you so much for being on the show.

Thanks for listening!

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Special thanks to Paul Dare for sharing his story with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!

Links and Resources

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Dare Hair

Cut-Like-A-Master Workshop